On Monday, the New York Islanders raised awareness for childhood cancer during their 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
On Tuesday, Calvin de Haan, armed with a $5,000 check, visited some of the children he and the Islanders are trying to help, spending the afternoon at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
“Any time you can put a smile to a child’s face that’s going through a tough time, it’s special,” de Haan said. “The children we visited today in the hospital are the true warriors. They are going through some tough battles.”
De Haan was acting on behalf of the Islanders, who made the donation to the Hematology/Oncology Units. The Islanders defenseman visited children and their families, signing autographs and giving out t-shirts.
The Islanders defenseman also traded in his sharpie for felt pens, doing some drawing and coloring with a young fan, Aiden, before going room-to-room and spreading some more cheer.
“I am happy to visit to take their minds off what they are going through even if it was for a few minutes,” de Haan said.
The Islanders are supporting the fight against cancer all month long, through a series of fundraisers and awareness nights. The Islanders encourage fans to wear pink in support of breast cancer (awareness) on Saturday, October 17 when they host the San Jose Sharks at Barclays Center.